LOCAL actor-cum-producer Silvanos Mudzvova, through his Vhitori Entertainment, is inviting writers across the country to submit one minute up-to five minutes long-short films that are set to be published next month.
The project is a partnership with Culture Fund of Zimbabwe who would provide shooting equipment and Zimbabwe Association of Children and Young people.
The award-winning Mudzvova told NewsDay their target was to produce about 60 films from January 20 to June 30.
“Our intention is to produce about 60 short films and these movies will be broadcast via social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp on a daily basis from the first week of February,” Mudzvova said.
“The stories lines can be in English, Chewa, Shona and Ndebele carrying economic, social or political themes. The genres of the movies can be comedy, fiction, nonfiction or real life stories, but relating to Zimbabweans.”
He said they were mainly interested in stories about township life, rural life, farming life and ghetto stories.
Mudzvova said the initiative to broadcast the movies via social media mooted after realising that many Zimbabweans were now using social media as way of conveying information.
“Zimbabwe has only one television station which has not contributed significantly to the shaping of public opinion and promoting open debates and this has seen ordinary citizens being deprived access to visual information to make informed life decisions,” he said.
He said the project sought to create a forum for debate on public issues and expand platforms for community engagement and dialogue.
Mudzvova said he was passionate about democracy and used theatre as a tool to fight for human rights abuses.
“For me theatre is a way of expressing the will of the people without fear,” he said.
Mudzvova, who has been arrested on several occasions over some of his controversial political works, said detention had strengthened him.